Monday, October 28, 2019 / by Sara Koenig
Halloween is quickly approaching and what a crazy fall season full of ALL the weather elements we have had here in Spokane! If you are getting ready to sell your home, or not, I wanted to share some home maintenance tips with you as we enter the winter season.
Before the season is in full swing, get a head start on your seasonal maintenance. By preparing for fall and winter weather, you can address any issues that may get worse with colder temperatures or just keep your home in the best condition to make sure your property is in top shape no matter the season.
Here is a great reference checklist to make sure you’re doing the basics to get your home ready for fall!
Fall leaf clean up!
Everyone loves the changing leaves, except your grass. Leaving fallen leaves in your yard can kill you grass and prevent growth in the spring. Make sure you keep those leaves raked up!
Also, this is a great time to schedule a fall winterizing treatment for your lawn with a local company, or do this yourself as well if you are the king of your lawn maintenance :)
Check your gutters.
Those same leaves that can kill your grass can also clog your gutters. Clogged gutters can lead to plenty of other issues, so be sure to periodically check your gutters to prevent buildup.
Also, this can be a good time to ensure there are no issues with them or repairs needed. Be sure they are attached well, in case ice builds up in the winter you do not want them pulling off a piece of your fascia board.
Get up on the roof
You don’t want fall to pass and winter to arrive only to find out you’re missing a few shingles. While you’re checking your gutters, make sure to check on your roof too.
You can check for any moss that may need to be treated especially if you have tree branches that hang over your home. Moisture can sit and moss can begin to grow.
Check your flashings, and ensure that any nailheads that might be lifting or exposed are sealed to prevent moisture from getting into your attic. It's also good to check the sealing around all of your vent pipes and repair that if needed.
Store summer decor.
If you are set to get cold temperatures this fall, take the time to pack away your summer items. If your patio furniture isn’t equipped for a surprise snow storm, you’ll be glad you took the time to store it away now.
This also makes for a clean patio area in the event you are listing your home for sale. The buyer's will appreciate a nice clean area without snow piled on top of everything.
Prevent frozen pipes.
No one wants frozen, bursting pipes. Remember to shut off water to your exterior faucets before the weather hits freezing temperatures.
Also, have your sprinkler system blown out so no water will freeze and burst and pipes or damage any of your stations. That can be very frustrating in the spring when it's time to get watering and you must now figure out where the leak is.
Venting is healthy.
As the temperatures drop, static electricity increases. If you have lint build up in your dryer, this static electricity makes it easier to ignite. You should at a minimum clean out your dryer vent two times a year and vaccuum out any build up.
This is also a perfect time to schedule for your HVAC system to be inspected and cleaned out/serviced by a professional technician. I see this ALL the time in inspection reports. This system gets so neglected in many homes and you want it operating at top capacity through the coldest months.
Inspect the Exterior & Interior
Take a walk around the interior and exterior of your home and try to look at it with fresh eyes. Keep an eye out for any damage to walls, floors, or cement outdoors. Be sure to fill any cracks or fix loose gravel that could cause a fall when colder weather is added to the mix.
Home insurance check
Is your home insurance up to date? Make sure your insurance will stand up in a storm and that you will be covered no matter what fall will bring.
I hope you find these tips helpful! Enjoy the rest of the fall season here in our wonderful city!
Sara Koenig | Spokane Realtor